Oproep 2: Duurzaam internationaal werken

Locally international: migrants in the arts

Welk aspect van internationaal werken houdt je bezig?

The idea of who gets to be involved in international work and how thinking through the sustainability lens can make this kind of work more equitable.


I would love to explore and connect with others around the idea that internationalism exists locally: through and in the bodies of migrant artists and communities. Too often we talk about international work as physical exchanges from one country to the other, disregarding the people who are already working and living locally and who bring international perspectives to their communities day in and day out. In parallel, international work is often inaccessible to a vast majority of makers who are not form white, middle class backgrounds and/or don't have strong networks and the backing of large organisations/funders. Very often those two groups intersect, making migrant artists (especially 1st generation immigrants) doubly excluded from this form of culture - despite having international travel/living knowledge. Once migrants are re-centered in the idea of international work, their networks, links to territories, cultures & languages can inform it, co-creating from a place of lived experience of internationalism.

Hoe kan dit impact hebben op de internationale praktijk die zich ontplooit binnen of met Vlaanderen en Brussel en daarbuiten?

By re-defining internationalism as the exchange between cultures and centring the voices of 1st generation migrant artist we will achieve greater community cohesion, understanding and exchange locally. It also shines a light on the lived experiences of people rarely in the limelight and has a huge potential of activating networks that otherwise would remain untapped. This is hugely important in a word that is closing even more borders than before. Changing the narrative around international work needs to also fit in a broader, more urgent change of narrative around immigration. It is necessary to shift perspectives from immigrants as "threats" or "scroungers" to migrant artists and communities in host countries as assets, valued for their perspectives and knowledge. By uplifting, funding and supporting migrant work new and different perspectives are injected into the mainstream (both aesthetically and in term of content) contributing to an enrichment of the cultural sphere and society as a whole.

Heb je tijd om je vanaf mei 2021 voor een periode van 6 maanden tot max. 1 jaar regelmatig (bvb. maandelijks) te engageren voor online meetings?



I can be available in the morning (8.30am to 10.30am) and after 4pm

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Lora Krasteva lora@globalvoicestheatre.com